According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and sometimes 100 times worse. During the summer, you’re likely spending more time outside amongst all the allergens and pollutants, or keeping windows and doors open for that fresh, summer breeze. All of these things can lead to poor indoor air quality and increased air pollution. Here are 8 ways you can improve indoor air quality this summer.
1. Regularly Clean Your Floors
During the summer, most homes see an increase in foot traffic. Whether the neighborhood kids are running rampant through your home, or you’re hosting guests, you’ll likely see more and more people running in and out of your home. When this happens, so does pollution! Things like pollen, dirt, and other allergens can get tracked in the home as well. The best way to avoid this is to ask people to remove shoes before entering the house, and regularly clean your floors.
2. Change Your Air Filter
How often are you changing your air filter? You should really be changing it every 1-3 months. An air filter traps a lot of the allergens and pollutants that flows through your ductwork. However, once your air filter gets full and clogged, it can be difficult for your air conditioner to work as it should and to stop these pollutants from reaching the air you breathe. Make sure you are changing your air filter regularly to avoid this problem.
3. Keep Windows Closed
If it’s especially hot outside, this one might be easy to remember as you wouldn’t want to open windows anyways! Opening windows can allow a high amount of pollen and pollutants into your home from outside. Keep windows (and doors) closed as much as possible to avoid making your indoor air quality worse.
4. Schedule Duct Cleaning
Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to ensure pollutants don’t settle and make a home in your ductwork. If you have pollutants in your ductwork, turning on the AC will only activate them and cause them stir and blow throughout your home.
5. Use Exhaust Fans While Cooking
Whether cooking, always make sure you are using your fan. When you’re cooking on your stovetop, for example, airborne cooking byproducts are released into the air, such as grease, fumes, steam and heat. Cooking over high heat produces carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other dangerous byproducts. However, exhaust fans help remove them from your air.
6. Avoid Using Scented Products
We know how tempting it is to want to burn that scented candle or use air fresheners to cover up kitchen smells, but these fragrances can be harmful to your indoor air quality – and to your health. Instead, look for fragrance-free products or use more natural cleaners that still do the job without compromising your health or air quality.
7. Keep An Eye On Humidity Levels
Dust and mold thrive in moist conditions, and are also responsible for allergies and asthma. To minimize adverse health effects, it’s important you try keeping humidity levels between 30% and 50%. You can help reduce humidity levels in your home by keeping windows closed, using a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture, or use your air conditioner.
8. Get Rid Of Mold and Mildew
Got mold or mildew? Even if it’s a small amount, don’t ignore it. They can lead to pretty serious air quality problems that can impact your health. Once removed, take the actions to reduce your chance of mold growth in the future. This includes fixing any leaky plumbing, and using fans while bathing and cooking, to name a few.
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